Horse Feed Mix
In years gone by, a horse’s hard feed consisted of ‘straights’; oats, barley, maize etc which were bought individually. It was up to the horse owner to mix their own recipe and provide a balanced diet. Getting the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, plus providing the best energy values for the horse was never easy and probably explained the very varied levels of well being amongst our horses! Just as there are good cooks and bad cooks, so too there are some owners who can just mix feeds well for each individual horse! However many people are unaware of how important it is to get this delicate balance right. Luckily, we no longer have to work it all out for ourselves. The feed manufacturers have done all of the hard work for us! Coarse mixes are a perfect balance of various ingredients, in a palatable muesli-type format.
The feed companies have developed ranges of horse mix for all different types of horses. For instance, there are mixes that have been formulated for hard working horses, such as racehorses, hunters and high mileage endurance horses. Ones for riding school horses needing lots of slow release energy for long working days. Non-heating mixes to avoid getting your horse all ‘fizzed-up’, so you can relax and enjoy your horse without feeling as if you are sitting on a volcano about to erupt! You can even buy mixes that have been especially developed for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis. These can be fantastic, as many owners worry when feeding a laminitic. Horse mix, for differing age groups of horses, is also a popular choice.
In fact there are so many different mixes on the market it can get a little confusing when it comes to picking one for your particular horse. However, we have many years experience in this area and are always happy to help. Also our feedstore lets you to get up close and personal with the bags of feed and allows you to read what the manufacturers actually say about their products. This is a great way to compare and browse horse feeds, especially when seeking to change your feeding regime.
Choosing the correct mix
Before you choose which mix to feed, it is important to consider what your horse actually requires. You need to be really honest about how much work your horse really does (not how much you plan to do). Many people over-estimate the amount of work their horse does and consequently over-feed, leading to over-weight horses and often behavioural issues, which could be avoided by feeding a mix which is more appropriate to the horse’s work load. Remember your average horse, even ridden every day is still considered to be in light work.
With feed mixes by leading brands such as Spillers, Baileys, Dodson and Horrell, and Allen and Page to name just a few, you are sure to find the ideal coarse mix for your horse.